This dreaded black and bluish-purple discoloration happens when your silver comes into contact with sulphur or sulphur-producing items. Most types of air pollution contain sulphur, as well as our bodies and neighboring objects.
When we polish our silver, we’re essentially removing the outermost layer: this can cause severe wear and tear on our prized pieces over time, so it’s best to avoid polishing as much as possible.
There are ways to help prevent your valuables from tarnishing, including: storing silver pieces in activated charcoal, which is easily found in pet stores; it is normally used to clean the water in aquariums.
However: Aurlanne provides you with a square of activated charcoal paper to do exactly the same, for free, with all silver jewellery.
Try not to handle your silver as much as possible. Natural skin oils transferred from your hands will react with the silver and cause it to tarnish.
When removing an item after wear, place it back in its container with the charcoal activated paper provided by Aurlanne to slow down the effect of tarnishing. Note that this will only help temporarily, and its effectivity will depend on how you handle the jewellery.
When you must polish your silver, use only non-latex gloves. Look for cloth or sulphur-free nitrite gloves.
Do not store your silver with objects which contain sulphur, including anything that contains keratin such as tortoiseshell. When Keratin ages, it breaks down and releases sulphur.
Glue used in new display cases may contain sulphur, so allow fresh air to flow through it for one month prior to placing your silver in it.
Even cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.
- Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you’ve applied your makeup and perfume.
- Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
- Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
- Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution.
- Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
- Don’t put pearl jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.
Don’t store your pearls with other jewellery, because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewellery box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.
Your fine pearl necklaces should be restrung periodically so that you’re sure the silk or nylon cord holding them is in good shape.